Topic | Making Composer/picture study more interesting?

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  • Misty
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    I do not need any ideas of who to do cause I have those down.  What I am looking for is more “activities” to go along with them.

    So I am doing: Cezanne, O’Keeffe, Turner and Kahn for Picture Study and Rossini, Dvorak, Joplin and Brahms for Composer Study.  The obvious will be done listening and looking.

    I was able to find some coloring pages for O’keeffe and Cezanne – ones that are white with just the outlines done in black that match the pictures I have.  My thought is to have them looking at the originals and try and mimic that on there coloring picture.  But I can’t find ones for Turner or Kahn.

    Also, for composer I would like to be able to do a bit more with the older ones than just play the music and read a bio about the composer.  What have you done or tried in the past that would help them to really pick up on some part of it?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Misty

    sheraz
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    Could you make up some sort of musical Jeopardy game with music and questions just for fun, using of course people you have studied and add them as you go? Have the older kids help make up the questions and the music clips.

     

    houseofchaos
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    Home School in the Woods has a project pack for Artists, and one for Composers:

    http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/AP/Artists.htm

    http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/AP/Composers.htm

    cekfamily
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    Art: I’m not sure what age your children are, but for young ones you can print out pictures of the paintings, glue them on magnet sheets, and cut them into interesting shapes to make puzzles.

    Music:  I can’t remember who produces these videos, but at our library I was able to find movies that had been made about different composers.  The storyline is that they come from the past to visit a modern day child who doesn’t appreciate their music.  They tell their story, and introduce their music so that the child begins to appreciate the person and their creation.

    Misty
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    Thanks for the ideas – I will ask the librarian and see if it rings a bell with her

    Wings2fly
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    We watched one of Rossini’s operas about Cinderella (with an Itlian title). The singing was in Italian, but it had English subtitles and it was a familiar storyline that the kids could keep up with. We rented it from Netflix dvd service. It was about 2 hours so we watched 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

    The Discovering Great Arists book has a short bio. and art project ideas to go along with that artist style. http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Great-Artists-Hands-On-Children/dp/0935607099/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338578643&sr=1-1

    suzukimom
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    The thing cekfamily is talking about is called something like classics for kids… or the classical kids collection – something like that.  I didn’t know about DVD’s, but had cd’s you listened to.  I had about 8 of them, but had them stolen from the car years ago.

    Bethoveen lives upstairs

    Bach comes to call  (the one that fits cekfamily’s description)

    Vivaldi’s Magical ????

    there are others… Tschaicovsky has one…. trying to think

     

    missceegee
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    I have some DVDs by next video on some artists and composers, too. Degas, rossini’s ghost, Liszt, Cassatt I think. Linnea in monet’s garden.

    pslively
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    Several months ago, I noticed that the Classical Kids stuff was available on spotify for free.  My kids have listened to Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery over and over and over again.  I haven’t looked at it in a while, but hopefully spotify still has them available.  

    If the older kids are actually interested in music, the old Bernstein “Young People’s Concert” series can’t be beat!  I love these videos.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmgzk28KZtA&feature=related  Netflix used to have them available… not sure if they still do.

    The Quine’s have a composer/music study book that I remember as being pretty open-ended and pretty good.  I need to pull that out again and look at it.    

    The Discovering Great Artist’s book is really good and has fun projects.  If you don’t want to buy the book, you can find the same type of projects online.  We were just doing the Turner picture study and I thought it might be fun to oil paint a picture and then paint over it with gray watercolor paint to dull it, and then see if we could clean off the gray.  Turner apparently did this at an exhibition once.  We have been working on watercolors for the last 6 months or so.  I had the kids make a portable easel box out of a pizza box.  They use it to paint watercolors and do pastels.  This is a great thing to do when you are listening to music – you can have them paint what they hear in the music.

    pslively
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    I forgot one thing.  Have you seen these Masterpiece coloring books available for download?  You can also buy huge murals to download, print out, and paint/color.  I haven’t bought any of these, but I think they look GREAT.  This lady has lots of wonderful ideas on her site.   http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/p/coloring-books.html

    missceegee
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    There are 2 things that were mentioned in our co-op fine arts planning meeting last night. I’ve not checked them out yet, but. . .

    http://Www.classicalcomposersmonthly.com

    http://Www.composersmonthly.com and http://www.artistsmonthly.com

    Something to check anyway.

    Christie

    hooahwife
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    We are doing a Van Gogh mural from Kathy’s website that pslively mentioned above. It was very easy to print and follow. Everything is very nicely labeled and the colors correspond with the Crayola Pastels she recommends. This was our first time working with the pastels and the kids love blending the colors. My three older children (8,6, and 3) are working on Starry Night. We plan to put in on our kitchen table with a clear table cloth over it.

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